Best Herbal Teas To Support Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Mamas
To coffee or not to coffee? This seems to be one of the most common questions haunting many pregnant mamas-to-be and breastfeeding mamas.
The truth is, after decades of conflicting studies and discussions, there is still no clear answer on how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy.
However, to err on the side of caution, the majority of public health authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO) advise pregnant and breastfeeding women to limit their caffeine consumption. (1) As caffeine can cross the placenta and increase the baby’s heart rate, excessive caffeine has been linked to low birth weight as well as growth restrictions and even pregnancy loss. (2)
Herbal Teas to The Rescue
We know that giving up coffee is a dreaded endeavour, but there are a lot of alternatives (ahem herbal teas) to give both pleasure and keep your energy levels up during your pregnancy or while breastfeeding your newborn.
As the famous philosopher Bernard-Paul Heroux once proclaimed: “There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.”
Herbal teas are made from the leaves, flowers, bark, stems, or any other parts of various plants, and are often non-caffeinated unlike . The benefits of herbal teas get even better for the expecting mothers, as they provide hydration and the nutrients easily assimilated and feed the body during pregnancy. Not to mention, they are also packed with antioxidants and vitamin C which helps lower your anxiety and stress levels.
Are there any safe herbal teas to consume during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Herbal teas are generally considered safe to drink during pregnancy and breastfeeding if taken in moderation. (3) We have got you covered with a list of best herbal teas to drink during pregnancy and post-pregnancy.
- Ginger Tea
Ginger has a long history as a remedy for nausea, a claim which is backed by a lot of modern scientific studies where they point to a specific compound in ginger, called 6-gingerol, to be the secret behind its nausea-relieving effects. 6-gingerol relaxes the gastrointestinal muscles, which can relieve nausea and vomiting. (4)
If you’re experiencing unrelenting morning sickness during pregnancy, tchi has just the right brew for you. Our Uplift Tea is blended with Ginger, Orange Peel and Mint which will not only alleviate your nausea symptom, the flavonoids from orange peel help bolster the immune defense of pregnant and breastfeeding mamas to fights off cold and flu and other infections especially now when we are living in the midst of a pandemic.
- Goji Berries Tea
As one of the key ingredients of our Radiance Tea, these tiny berries are packed with mighty nutrients. They are rich in vitamin C, A, zinc and iron, and contains all 8 essential amino acids which can help to brighten your skin complexion after pregnancy due to hormone-related changes.
That’s not all, goji berries have been found in recent clinical trials to increase energy, improve sleep quality, focus and overall well-being, (5) which is particularly beneficial for exhausted, breastfeeding new mamas.
tchi’s Radiance Tea also contains Roselle and Rose which provide plenty of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help in boosting immunity in breastfeeding mamas. Furthermore, the tangy bursts from roselle help deliver a refreshing pick-me-up without any caffeine in the mix!
- Ginseng Tea
The words exhaustion and new mom pretty much go hand-in-hand. On top of recovering from giving birth, you are deprived of sleep because your new-born demands your constant attention and feedings at irregular hours and all of these are taking a toll on your mental and physical wellbeing.
If you’re looking for a dose of energy and rejuvenation but caffeine is out of the equation, tchi’s Fortify Tea could be your answer. Our Fortify Tea is formulated with Wisconsin Ginseng of which its active ingredient ginsenosides contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help new moms combat fatigue & strengthen their immune system. (6) What is more, this brew is great for new dads who are struggling to stay awake as well as maintain immunity .